Definition of drier

 (Entry 1 of 2)

comparative of dry


dri·​er | \ ˈdrī(-ə)r How to pronounce drier (audio) \
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Definition of drier (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that extracts or absorbs moisture
2 : a substance that accelerates drying (as of oils, paints, and printing inks)
3 usually dryer : a device for drying

Examples of drier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But this year’s alarmingly low snowpack means drier terrain and more than likely a smoother trek. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 For a drier margarita, ditch the agave syrup; or, on the other end of the spectrum, make your drink sweeter by upping the agave syrup to ½ or even ¾ oz. John Debary, Bon Appétit, 4 June 2021 This Northern California section begins where Interstate 80 crosses Donner Pass and continues through the High Sierra, but then gives way to the drier volcanic peaks and plains of the southern Cascades. Outside Online, 1 June 2021 Gloria Tom, the director of the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife, said warming weather and drier seasons have already taken a toll on elk and deer. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2021 Louisiana is looking much drier the next few days, but some of the tropical rainfall showers could hit areas in Texas that have already seen excessive rainfall this week. Daniel Manzo, ABC News, 22 May 2021 Some of the first Champagnes served to royalty at the Court of King Louis XVI in France and to the Tsars of Russia were very sweet, but overtime drier styles became more popular. Liz Thach, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Those factors interconnect: High temperatures lead to longer fire seasons and larger burn areas as well as drier soils that are friendly to fire. BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2021 These days, the status of Alexandria’s waterfront is contested not by local litigants but by global forces: rising sea levels, more-intense storms and a climate characterized by drier drys and wetter wets. Washington Post, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of drier


1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Drier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drier. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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Medical Definition of drier

comparative of dry

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